Controversial One Nation leader Pauline Hanson has called for a buying boycott on Chinese products this Christmas.
Taking to Facebook on Friday, Hanson said consumers could fight back against “recent economic attacks against Australia” by not purchasing anything made in China.
Her remarks come after Beijing launched a series of tariffs against Australian products, including wine, barley, cotton, red meat, seafood, sugar, timber and coal exports.
Most recently it was announced that Australian wine headed for the Chinese market would face anti-dumping tariffs of up to 212 per cent.
As diplomatic tensions sour over Australia’s comments on the origins of coronavirus, its position on Hong Kong and the South China Sea, and its banning of Huawei from the 5G network, China has launched a series of trade strikes.
“In response to China’s recent economic attacks against Australia, I have just one thing to say – Merry Christmas China,” Hanson wrote on Facebook.
Earlier on Facebook, Hanson claimed that China was using the COVID-induced recession to hurt Australia’s economy.
“It is obvious that China’s recent spate of economic attacks, timed to exploit the COVID-19 recession, are designed to inflict maximum damage,” she wrote.
“For decades I have warned that our nation’s overexposure to the whims of a hostile, authoritarian, communist Chinese Government was leaving us vulnerable to this exact type of danger.
‘Both the Coalition and Labor ignored One Nation’s warnings, dined out on Chinese money and now it’s everyday Aussies who are being left to pick up the bill!’
Hanson’s call to boycott Chinese products at Christmas appeared to have struck a chord with her supporters.
“Boycott them PERIOD,” one person wrote.
“We have to support Australian products even if they are a little more expensive. It feeds our community.”
“Totally agree on boycotting China made,” another wrote.
“Should be supporting Aussie made, this pandemic has shown how much we buy from China.
“Come on Australia let’s support as many Aussie outlets as possible.”
Others said boycotting Chinese products could have a negative effect on Australian businesses just trying to survive.
“I agree, but hard for those businesses already with shops full needing sales to recover from our lockdowns in Vic and businesses just needing to survive,” one Facebook user wrote.
‘We need them’
“Pauline, I follow and applaud a lot of the things you stand for but in this case, I’m not 100% sure boycotting china will help anyone,” another wrote.
“They need us and we need them!
“Regardless of the bloody corona and how it started.
“I believe we as a country need to be strengthening our markets, not breaking them down.”
Prime Minister Scott Morrison previously insisted he takes China’s denials of trade strikes against Australian exports at face value.
“China has denied that is what they’re doing and I can only can take that at face value,” Morrison told reporters.
Foreign Minister Marise Payne said the trade strikes were a deep concern for Australia and again called on China to observe international trade rules.
“They’re certainly the principles to which we would adhere and we expect our Chinese partners to do the same,” she told the ABC.